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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Level 22, Office 2206, Tornado Tower
West Bay

Qatar > Projects, real estate and construction Tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP regularly handles large-scale mega-projects in Qatar for developers and employers.  The head of the regional construction group is Paula Boast in Bahrain, who leads on high-value contentious and non-contentious work (ADR) in the oil and gas sector. Senior associate Niel Coertse in Doha advises contractors and consultants across the GCC region on mixed-use developments, as well as infrastructure (road and railways) related disputes. Simon Green, who divides time between Dubai and Hong Kong, is also involved in Qatari work.

Practice head(s):

Simon Green; Paula Boast; Thanos Karvelis


‘The CRS team is very knowledgeable in relation to major events/projects and this is where we are able to obtain the most value from CRS. The team members are very personable and always on hand when required. We rely on the team to provide support on projects and ad hoc matters.’

Key clients

Energy City Qatar

GEK Terna Group

Katara Project

Madina Group WLL

Manateq Economic Zones Company QSC (Manateq)

Nass Scafform

Nixon Hire Middle East (Transport)

Work highlights

  • Advising a Qatari contractor in respect of claims made by a subcontractor in an ICC arbitration amounting to $24m, excluding counterclaims which amount to approximately $20m.
  • Developed a standalone UK residential property and projects investment practice whereby we advise purchasers/property investors and project clients based in Qatar inward to the UK.
  • Represented an international contractor in an ICC arbitration relation to a claim brought against it by a sub-contractor which arose out of the development of a world-renowned international airport.

Doha, Qatar
Charles Russell Speechlys is a law firm headquartered in London with 11 offices located in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Hong Kong. We have an unusually broad range of skills and experience across the full spectrum of business and personal needs. This gives us a wider perspective, clear insight and a strongly commercial long-term view. We use this approach to secure the growth of our clients as they move confidently into the future.

Charles Russell Speechlys has a dedicated Middle East team based in our three offices in Doha, Manama and Dubai. Our work for clients in the region primarily covers the following key areas:

  • Corporate / commercial
  • Real estate, hotels and hospitality
  • Construction, engineering and projects
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Intellectual property
  • Private wealth
  • Sports
  • Art

With a team of bilingual locally and internationally qualified lawyers, we are able to service clients in the region efficiently and understand their local business culture and best practices. All of the partners in our Middle East offices have many years of regional Middle East experience, in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

We opened our office in Doha, Qatar in September 2013 as a result of client demand for an on the ground presence. Our lawyers have both international and local Qatari experience and who are actively involved in the wider Middle East business community. Our Qatar lawyers are active throughout the wider region, liaising closely with the teams based in our offices both regionally and internationally. The Doha office is licensed by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority as a branch office of Charles Russell Speechlys.

Tornado Tower
Office 2206
22nd Floor
West Bay

Construction, Engineering & Projects Paula 4429 2433
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Fee earners : 2
English (fluent)

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